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August 29, 2014

With Labor Day behind us, October can’t be far away. In fact, we’re just 51 days away from GIA’s Annual Conference in San Francisco! The City by the Bay is famous for its cultural diversity, and that’s exactly what you’ll get at this year’s event — a range of activities and experiences. There’s something for every funder in the field and for everyone at all levels of an organization, including donors, consultants, staff, trustees, and directors — anyone who cares about older adults and understands how aging issues affect the whole spectrum of philanthropic priorities, from health and education to community and intergenerational issues.
And remember, even if your area of expertise is not represented specifically in the agenda, you can still participate by facilitating a roundtable, sharing your knowledge, generating awareness about an important issue or networking with experts, funders, thought leaders, and colleagues.

Register by Friday, September 19, to secure the early-bird rate. Click here to register for the conference. Or check out the program brochure and start planning your travel.
We look forward to seeing you soon.


GIA is pleased to welcome our new Director of Programs and Membership, Maria Gonzales Jackson. Maria comes to us from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A), where she was program manager. Her career includes varied aspects of aging, including mentoring programs, international programs, dementia care, and social service grants management. She is a social worker by training and has attained the National Academy of Certified Social Workers Credential and the Advanced Social Worker in Gerontology Credential. You can reach her by email. Welcome, Maria! 

Community AGEnda Update

How does a community tackle the potentially daunting job of becoming more age-friendly — a great place to grow up and grow old? We know each community is different and needs to tailor its efforts to its needs and its strengths. The key is to get started! A new Community AGEnda resource can help — a new infographic offering would-be age-friendly communities a “Blueprint for Success.” Please feel free to post this on your website, include it in your newsletters, and share it on social media. 

And in case you missed it, all the winners of our age-friendly photo contest, “Friendly Places, Friendly Faces,” will be on display at the annual conference.
Funders for Age-Friendly Communities
Initiated in 2014 by Grantmakers In Aging, the goal of Funders for Age-Friendly Communities is to mobilize funders across the nation to create sustainable age-friendly communities. To learn more click here. With an emphasis on long-lasting improvements to public policies, systems, and practices that affect older adults living in the community, GIA aims to prepare funders to forge collaborations with local government, planning agencies, and federated funders like United Way and Jewish Federation.
Funders for Age-Friendly Communities provides grantmakers with practical “how-to” materials and educational events like webinars and in-person and telephone learning circles. The initiative is supported through grants from The Pfizer Foundation and United Way Worldwide, and is guided by a Steering Committee that includes representatives of GIA member foundations.
Join us on October 22 – 24, 2014 in San Francisco at the annual conference of GIA! Funders for Age-Friendly Communities will convene two sessions on Thursday, October 23rd.
“Age-Friendly Communities – Learning Circle for Funders”
7:30 – 8:30am breakfast meeting
“Sustainable Age-Friendly Communities: What Roles Can Grantmakers Play?”
2:15 – 3:45pm

Conversations with GIA
Our upcoming webinar, How Our Eyes Age: The Impact on Everyday Life, is scheduled for Friday, September 5, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern (11:00 a.m. Pacific). Chris Girkin, MD, MSPH, Professor and Chair of the Dept. of Ophthalmology, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), and Cynthia Owsley, PhD, MSPH, Professor in the UAB Dept. of Ophthalmology, will provide an overview of the basic changes to the eyes with aging, the impact of aging-related vision changes on everyday activities, and healthy behaviors that can help protect one’s eyesight. Torrey DeKeyser, Executive Director of the Eyesight Foundation of Alabama, will offer a perspective of how one local foundation is working to address vision issues of older adults in the community.

Special thanks to our co-sponsors, The John A. Hartford Foundation; Research to Prevent Blindness; and the Eyesight Foundation of Alabama.

PLEASE NOTE: CEUs are not available for this session.

  • Click here to register for the September 5 webinar. This free program is open to all grantmakers. ASA is producing this event and will host the recorded program for access by GIA members.

And if you missed recent webinars in the series, you can still view screencasts of each
Connecting Generations Through Documentary and Intergenerational Tech Training, with Lisa Marsh Ryerson, president, AARP Foundation, and Brenda Rusnak, producer, Cyber-Seniors. From August 12, 2014. Click here to view.
How Do I Know What Is Right For My Community — Evidence of Effective and Replicable Age-Friendly Interventions, with Jeanne Anthony, Senior Program Manager at AARP Livable Communities, Judy Willett, National Director of Village to Village Network, and Derenda Schubert, Executive Director at Bridge Meadows Intergenerational Community. From July 22, 2014. Click here to view.

Why Create an Age-friendly Community? Evidence of Health and Community Improvements from Around the U.S., with Dorian Block of the New York Academy of Medicine; Kate Clark, Planner for Policy & Program Development at the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging; Allen Glicksman, Director of Research and Evaluation at Philadelphia Corporation for Aging; Dana Bradley, Professor of Public Health and Director of the Center for Gerontology at Western Kentucky University; and Mary Blumberg, Program Manager for Strategic Planning and Development for the Atlanta Regional Commission. From May 13, 2014. Click here to view.

Building the Business Acumen of Community-Based Organizations for Successful Health Care Partnerships, with Marisa Scala-Foley, Administration for Community Living, Erin Westphal, The SCAN Foundation, and Nora OBrien-Suric, The John A. Hartford Foundation. From May 12, 2014. Click here to view.

The Political Environment of Age-Friendliness, with Hugh O’Connor, Chief Executive Officer of Age Friendly Ireland, and Margaret Neal, Director of the Institute on Aging at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. From April 29, 2014. Click here to view.

Working Collaboratively to Prevent Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation, with Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging. From March 24, 2014. Click here to view.

Aging News

Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW) Releases Updated 2014 Elder Index Data
WOW recently released 2014 Elder Index data for every state and county in the U.S. The Elder Index can help lawmakers and the public to understand true levels of senior need; fight the misperceptions and indifference that block action for change; evaluate policy and program effectiveness in closing the economic security gap; and support the case for preserving and strengthening programs that make a difference. Access the database.

Conversations with GIA: How Our Eyes Age: The Impact on Everyday Life
September 5, 2014

2014 GIA Annual Conference
October 22-24, 2014
San Francisco, CA

Member News

Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation, a long-standing GIA member, recently published its 2013 interactive annual report. Access the report here.

Article: For Aging Inmates, Care Outside Prison Walls
According to an article in Kaiser Health News, providing health care to an aging prison population is a large and growing cost for states. Not only do inmates develop debilitating conditions at a younger age than people who are not incarcerated, but caring for them in the harsh environment of prisons is far more expensive than it is on the outside. Read more.

Medicare Experiment Could Signal Sea Change for Hospice
Diane Meier, director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care, was interviewed recently in Kaiser Health News about a new pilot program under the health law that allows hospice patients participating in the pilot to continue to receive life-prolonging treatment. Read an edited version of the conversation.

Report: Seniors Poverty and Opportunity Profile
Today, 15% of American seniors are still living in poverty, most of them women and people of color, according to a new report from Half in Ten and the National Senior Citizens Law Center. Issues like economic insecurity, homelessness, and hunger remain. Read the report.

Blog: 8 Things to Know about The 2014 Social Security Annual Report of the Board of Trustees
The Social Security Administration recently released The 2014 Annual Report of the Board of Trustees, which details the financial status of the Social Security program. A blog post from the AARP Policy Institute highlights major points found in The Report. Read the blog.

Social Network

Social media is a great way to get your message out and to build interest in aging issues. Have you liked GIA’s Facebook page yet? If not, please do, by clicking here! We post a lot of news about GIA and our members there and it’s a great way to stay in touch. 

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